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There are currently 35 states that have ratified the ERA and legal analysis suggests we may need just three more states for women to have equal rights under our Constitution. We ask you to support our efforts nationwide, particularly in the states that have not yet ratified the ERA: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, N. Carolina, Oklahoma, S. Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. We also ask you to place your full support behind Congressional legislation to eliminate deadlines on the original 1972 ERA. It is time our Constitution protects the rights of women, and women need and deserve active participation in ERA advocacy from the White House.

• We are GRASSROOTS-- regular people of all ages, colors, socioeconomic statuses and educational levels, not Washington insiders, policy wonks, politicians or power brokers. We are not a corporate PR machine with deep pockets, large donors and someone who tells us all what is ok to say or do. We are driven, passionate individuals working together to achieve a common goal.

• We take ACTION-- whether online, on the phone, in the mail or in person, we are action-oriented, ALWAYS. When we’re not taking one action, we are planning the next, because it is only by taking action we will ever achieve our goal.

• We want EQUALITY NOW for ALL-- there can be no resolution of the challenges our nation faces, or even a truly representative discussion of them, and no solution truly represents the will of the We The People until ALL people have the same rights and protections under the law regardless of their gender.


Text of the ERA

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

 

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Ratify the ERA more than 30 years past the deadline? Heck, yes! Why not?

Ratify the ERA more than 30 years past the deadline? Heck, yes! Why not?

In December 1972, the Tribune urged the General Assembly to ratify the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment with an editorial headlined, “Give the ladies what they want.” The wording was a play on the unofficial founding motto of Marshall Field & Co. department stores, “Give the lady what she wants,” and reflected the sexist paternalism of the times and of the editorial. The amendment is a meaningless, if harmless measure. The ‘rights’ it accords to women are already contained in the Constitution. … At best, its enactment will make the leaders of the...

Eric Zorn | Chicago Tribune 21 May 2014 Hits:557 ERA Action Articles

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The Equal Rights Amendment and the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

The Equal Rights Amendment and the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

Every day this week events are being held to commemorate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington, which took place on August 28th. Next week, as part of these events, a diverse coalition of women's rights groups is participating in the National Action Network's "Jobs, Justice and Freedom" rally on August 24th. As Colorlines publisher Rinku Sen wrote yesterday in an excellent piece, Building a New Racial Justice Movement, "The seminal event we commemorate this week was a march for "jobs and freedom," not a march for civil rights....

Soraya Chemaly | The Huffington Post Blog 27 Aug 2013 Hits:499 ERA Action Articles

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Women of Color and Feminism: A History Lesson and Way Forward

Women of Color and Feminism: A History Lesson and Way Forward

I was not surprised when I viewed Amanda Marcotte’s presentation on online feminism at this year’s Netroots Nation conference, in which she pointed mostly to young, hip, white female bloggers writing today. While there are many women of color blogging at sites like the Crunk Feminist Collective, women of color were represented in Marcotte’s PowerPoint presentation by one stock photo of a Black woman holding car keys, with a statement about how online feminists are “driving the movement forward.” The PowerPoint slide is indicative of a larger problem in feminism:...

Anthea Butler | RH Reality Check 30 Jul 2013 Hits:676 ERA Action Articles

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The GOP Misunderstands the 'War on Women'

The GOP Misunderstands the 'War on Women'

You can’t say Republicans lack for chutzpah. The cynical right-wing message-men have come up with a new insult to our intelligence – and to millions of US women. As Buzzfeed reported Friday, Republicans are now spinning a series of scandals to try to prove the Democrats are the party with the real “War on Women.” That’s just silly, and they know it. Needless to say, some current and former Democratic pols haven’t exactly covered themselves in gloryrecently. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s refusal to resign, despite an apparent pattern of repeated...

Katrina vanden Heuvel | The Washington Post 30 Jul 2013 Hits:861 ERA Action Articles

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Why Is Democratic Representative Bradley Schneider Making Women Beg For Equality?

Why Is Democratic Representative Bradley Schneider Making Women Beg For Equality?

I first contacted Bradley Schneider’s (D-IL) office on June 25, 2013. I called and asked to speak to his Chief of Staff, Reed Adamson, who was not available. I relayed my message to the staffer who answered and explained that I am an activist and a journalist, and the reason I was calling was to see if Rep. Schneider would co-sponsor HJRes43 – to remove the deadline to the Equal Rights Amendment. I added that I was going to be writing about it for Liberals Unite. I was told the message...

Kimberley A. Johnson | Liberals Unite 19 Jul 2013 Hits:1236 ERA Action Articles

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PDA Supports the Equal Rights Amendment

PDA Supports the Equal Rights Amendment

  July 21, 2013 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment’s (ERA) introduction by American women’s rights hero and ERA author, Dr. Alice Paul. The non-partisan amendment was introduced in both chambers of Congress by Republicans in December, 1923 and finally passed—49 years later—and was sent out to the states for ratification in 1972. After nearly a century, Dr. Paul’s vision of full Constitutional equality for U.S. women is yet to be fulfilled because the ERA has been stalled since 1982, 3 states short of the 38 required to ratify...

Tim Carpenter | PDA 18 Jul 2013 Hits:1110 ERA Action Articles

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Constitutional Sex

Constitutional Sex

For men of means, the Constitution has always been the ultimate in macho, sexy beyond their wildest dreams—orgasmic. Imagine the thrill at consummation. A self-selected group of white, propertied American men came together ardently in 1787 and ’88, to conceive, labor over, and deliver the nation’s Constitution in 1789, as their only Begotten Son, who would live on for eternity like the Virgin Mary’s Jesus, just as immaculately conceived. Ben Franklin, overcome with joy at the birth, cried at as he signed life into this new being, but required help. Old and...

Rebecca Otto 10 Jul 2013 Hits:931 ERA Action Articles

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Push for the Equal Rights Amendment front and center at the 2013 NOW Conference

Push for the Equal Rights Amendment front and center at the 2013 NOW Conference

This weekend (July 5 - 7) women and men from across the country will be gathering in Chicago for the much anticipated 2013 National NOW (National Oganization for Women) Conference. Speakers like Illinois State Representative Maria Antonia "Toni" Berrios, Alice Cohan, Director of National Programs for the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. and other political figures and women's rights advocates will speak to women's rights issues amidst today's partisan political climate and "war on women". Topics and workshops will include but not limited to: protecting women's reproductive...

Leo Kapakos | Examiner.com 02 Jul 2013 Hits:733 ERA Action Articles

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Representative Vern Buchanan “De-friends” American Women

Representative Vern Buchanan “De-friends” American Women

Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL) has “de-friended” American women. Imagine this scenario: your friend is using your computer to look at the Facebook profile of her new coworker. She forgets that she is on your account, and sends a friend request. Later, you have a notification that the coworker is now your Facebook friend. You do not know her, but you look through her profile to research her. You have little in common, it seems. She likes action movies, and you prefer horror. She may be a little more liberal than you....

Caitlin Highland, NWPC Political Planning Intern 11 Jun 2013 Hits:1190 ERA Action Articles

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Unfinished Business

Each day women across this country continue to battle issues of inequality. The sad fact is that women still make seventy-four cents on the dollar in comparison to us men. By remaining stagnant on this issue, by simply brushing it aside, keeping it in the back of our minds, we remain committed to an all too familiar phrase, “separate, but equal.” The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), passed by Congress in 1972, would have become the 27th Amendment to the Constitution if three-fourths of the states had ratified it by June...

Shaun Broy 29 May 2013 Hits:938 ERA Action Articles

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Meet Candidate Freeda Cathcart - VA 17th

Meet Candidate Freeda Cathcart - VA 17th

Listen "Live" on Monday, May 20th at 9pm EST Freeda Cathcart is running for the 17th House of Delegates in southwest Virginia.  The Virginia Senate has recently passed the ERA but the House of Delegates has refused to bring it to a vote.  Freeda promoted the petition to the White House to support the ERA to help make sure that the petition received enough votes before the deadline expired.  She made sure that Virginia was well represented in the total vote count.  Freeda is working hard to be elected this fall...

18 May 2013 Hits:929 ERA Action Articles

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Heinrich Co-sponsors Resolution Promoting Equal Rights Amendment

Heinrich Co-sponsors Resolution Promoting Equal Rights Amendment

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is an original cosponsor of a joint resolution, introduced by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-M.D.) and Mark Kirk (R-I.L.), to remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). When Congress passed the ERA in 1972, it provided that the amendment had to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38) within seven years.  Congress later extended this deadline to ten years, but ultimately only 35 out of 38 states had ratified the ERA when the deadline expired in 1982. Ratification of the...

KRWG and Partners 12 May 2013 Hits:969 ERA Action Articles

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Press Floor Statement On Introduction Of Joint Resolution For Removal Of Ratification De…

 Press  Floor Statement On Introduction Of Joint Resolution For Removal Of Ratification Deadline For Equal Rights Amendment

Mr. President, as we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, today I am introducing a joint resolution which would remove the deadline for the states' ratification of the equal rights amendment, ERA. I thank Senators Kirk, Mikulski, Murkowski, Harkin, Sanders, Levin, Menendez, Stabenow, Heinrich, Boxer, Gillibrand, Durbin, Lautenberg, Murphy, Baldwin, Landrieu, Brown, and Begich for joining me as original cosponsors. When Congress passed the ERA in 1972, it provided that the measure had to be ratified by 3/4 of the States, 38 States, within 7 years. This deadline was later...

Sen Ben Cardin, Maryland 09 May 2013 Hits:1280 ERA Action Articles

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Miss Paul and the 113th Congress

Miss Paul and the 113th Congress

If you divided the entire country into people who know the ERA is in play and those who do not, it would be two very uneven groups.  And within the group who knows it is and has always been in play you can find a tenacious sub-group who are half crazy from telling people that it 1) did not pass and 2) it is always, ALWAYS, introduced into Congress.  ALWAYS.  It is surprising that I have not lost my mind answering that in these many years, since 1972 when Nixon...

Zoe Ann Nicholson | Online with Zoe 05 May 2013 Hits:2879 ERA Action Articles

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Republicans Kill Arkansas ERA Ratification In Senate Committee

Republicans Kill Arkansas ERA Ratification In Senate Committee

State Senator Joyce Elliot argued in favor of Arkansas being the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in front of the Senate State Agencies Committee this morning. The ERA debate has been brought to committee every two years in Arkansas and every time, it is shot down. A large crowd of approximately 150 people showed up in support of the ERA. Marti McKown, an activist who was present today at the committee meeting told me the crowd supporting the ERA was a diverse mix of men and women. Members...

Kimberley A. Johnson | Liberals Unite 03 Apr 2013 Hits:984 ERA Action Articles

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War on Women continues: Republicans again kill ERA in Senate committee

War on Women continues: Republicans again kill ERA in Senate committee

  Sen. Joyce Elliott will try again today. A resolution for Arkansas to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment is on the Senate State Agencies Committee agenda at 10 a.m. this morning. The only point of interest is what fanciful argument will be mounted by Republicans to defeat the concept of equal rights yet again. Same-sex bathrooms? Gay marriage? Uppity wives? UPDATE: The old Supreme Court chambers at the Capitol was SRO for the hearing. A big crowd of women, 150 by one estimate, turned out in support of the measure. Sen. Eddie Joe Williams,...

Max Brantley | Arkansas Blog 02 Apr 2013 Hits:824 ERA Action Articles

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MAKE ARKANSAS THE 36th STATE TO RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

MAKE ARKANSAS THE 36th STATE TO RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

On Tuesday, April 2, there will be a vote in the Arkansas legislator to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment making it the 36th state to ratify leaving two more states needed to add the ERA to the United States Constitution. Please help make this a reality by joining advocates across the nation in calling, emailing, and spreading the word to others and asking them to take the same action. HOW TO TAKE ACTION If you live in Arkansas, use this link to guide you in making phone calls and sending emails advocating...

31 Mar 2013 Hits:955 ERA Action Articles

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Women Matter - Use Your Power! Rally & March!

Women Matter - Use Your Power! Rally & March!

  The ERA Action Team will be front and center at this most important event and we invite you to join us. Tammy Simkins, an ERA Action co-founder, is a featured guest speaker. Please plan on attending & share with your social media contacts, friends, and neighbors. Details from event organizers: Almost one hundred years after women won the right to vote, the 2012 election will go down in history as a groundbreaking, glass-ceiling-smashing milestone for women. Female voters made a big impact, especially in swing states like Virginia. Women threw their...

31 Mar 2013 Hits:1094 ERA Action Articles

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Why I am an ERA Advocate

Why I am an ERA Advocate

As a child, I always knew I was going to serve in the military. I was an Air Force “brat” and I enjoyed the patriotic and adventurous lifestyle, and planned to follow in my father’s footsteps. My father was a Chief Warrant Officer whose background was in the intelligence field. My parents, particularly my father, were proud of my career choice, and never once tried to dissuade me from what was not a typical career path for women. They told me of no barriers or limitations for women serving in...

Luanne Smith 26 Feb 2013 Hits:2105 ERA Action Articles

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Setting American Women's Date with Equality

Setting American Women's Date with Equality

Open Letter to David Axelrod: Mere days after winning the 2012 election with 332 electoral votes (in what some would call a landslide), you said, "Presidents always say, 'I have a mandate'; that's a foolish word and generally untrue." A mandate is, by definition: A command or an authorization given by a political electorate to its representative. Frankly, Dave: • When you get 67 percent of the single women's vote • When an 11-point margin among us females helps you to win the White House again • When you win scores of state and Congressional elections...

Kamala Lopez | Huffington Post 11 Nov 2012 Hits:506 ERA Action Articles

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Support the ERA 3 State Strategy - Pass the ERA in Our Lifetime

Support the ERA 3 State Strategy - Pass the ERA in Our Lifetime

Women demand equal rights. We need the ERA. On April 28, 2012 American women (and men who respect them) took to the streets at marches and rallies all across the US. In support and recognition of this inspiring national day of action, PDA and our coalition partners are calling upon members of Congress to vote to facilitate ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment through the "three state strategy." Currently, federal and state laws do not and cannot fully protect equal rights for women and...

Mike Hersh and Andrea Miller 27 Apr 2012 Hits:1717 ERA Action Articles

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The Equal Rights Amendment Finally Arrives

The Equal Rights Amendment Finally Arrives

Today's political climate makes it abundantly clear that American women need to have their rights and freedoms permanently protected through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. New laws and regulations being pushed by the Religious Right are an open violation of every woman's basic dignity by forcing them into a position where they can be legally mistreated. Several bills were recently introduced by religious political extremists in Congress to restrict women's access to necessary health services, such as the one introduced by Senator...

Roy Speckhardt | Huffington Post Politics 10 Apr 2012 Hits:544 ERA Action Articles

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ERA Passes in the VA Senate - The Fight Moves to the VA House

ERA Passes in the VA Senate - The Fight Moves to the VA House

The women of Virginia have had a success! Late yesterday,  the ERA resolution passed out of the Virginia Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. It now goes to the Virginia Senate floor, to be voted on Friday. Meanwhile, in the House of Delegates, we only have two days to convince Mark Cole - the chair of the House Privileges and Elections Committee  - to hold a vote on the ERA. This is crunch time. Please read on and please act now!   First, here's what happened in the Senate P...

Diana Egozcue, Virginia NOW President 09 Feb 2012 Hits:1453 ERA Action Articles

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VA Senate Approves ERA

VA Senate Approves ERA

Richmond, Virginia, February 7, 2011- The Virginia Senate today shattered a 29-year impasse blocking equal rights for women by passing a resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (SJ357). The bipartisan vote was 24-16. “It was a historical moment – the first time that the ERA has received such solid support in the Commonwealth,” said Virginia NOW President Diana Egozcue. She predicted that other states will follow Virginia’s lead and step up efforts to ratify the amendment. Only three more states are needed for...

11 Feb 2011 Hits:735 ERA Action Articles

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Critical Actions on Behalf of the ERA in VA - Please Help!

Critical Actions on Behalf of the ERA in VA - Please Help!

If you have friends in Virginia, please have them call or email! Share this article via Twitter, email or Facebook. Our calls and emails today can make a lifetime of difference for all women!! We are at a critical time for the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia. It is urgent for all who support equal rights for women under the Constitution to act TODAY. Please call or email the delegates listed below and ask them to vote FOR HJ 640, the resolution to ratify the ERA. On...

10 Feb 2011 Hits:748 ERA Action Articles

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Women's Issues

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SC Prosecutors: Stand Your Ground Doesn't Apply to Victims of Domestic Violence

SC Prosecutors: Stand Your Ground Doesn't Apply to Victims of Domestic Violence

South Carolina is one of more than 20 states that has passed an expansive Stand Your Ground law authorizing individuals to use deadly force in self-defense. The law has been used to protect a man who killed an innocent bystander while pointing his gun at several teens he called “women thugs.” But prosecutors in Charleston are drawing the line at domestic violence. In the cases of women who claim they feared for their lives when confronted with violent intimate abusers, prosecutors say the Stand Your Ground law shouldn’t apply. “(The Legislature’s) intent...

Nicole Flatow | Think Progress 20 Oct 2014 Hits:201 Women's Issues

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Scott Walker's women's outreach: shutting clinics, repealing equal pay, mandating ultrasou…

Scott Walker's women's outreach: shutting clinics, repealing equal pay, mandating ultrasounds & more

During the first 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial debate, Scott Walker wanted to assure voters that he's very reasonable in regards to abortion, and really just has women's health in mind. He's pro-life, but he can't imagine the difficulty of the situation; he just wants to make sure women are safe. Ultimately, the choice is hers. That's what he says. Turns out, he's a liar. Come on now, pick yourself up off the floor, sit back down, and let's go over his women's outreach strategy for the past four years. What Scott...

Rachel | Daily Kos 20 Oct 2014 Hits:191 Women's Issues

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Why Aren't Women Advancing At Work? Ask a Transgender Person.

Why Aren't Women Advancing At Work? Ask a Transgender Person.

Fifty years after The Feminine Mystique and 40 years after Title IX, the question of why women lag in the workplace dogs researchers and lay people alike. While women are entering the professions at rates equal to men, they rise more slowly, and rarely advance to the top. They’re represented in smaller numbers at the top in fields from science to arts to business.  Some suggest that there is something different about women—women have stalled because of their personal choices, or their cognitive and emotional characteristics, whether innate or socialized. Another...

Jessica Nordell | New Republic 14 Sep 2014 Hits:284 Women's Issues

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Women's rights around the globe: behind the data

Women's rights around the globe: behind the data

More than 130 of 143 countries have genderequality laws, 142 grant equal rights for men and women on property ownership and 129 have laws preventing women from being sacked while pregnant. Some form of parental leave is offered in almost all countries when women give birth, and in 116 countries daughters have equal inheritance rights as sons. But only 76 countries have legislation that specifically addresses domestic violence – and just 57 of them include sexual abuse. Sixty countries offer equal pay, and in 10 countries women are legally bound to...

Liz Ford | The Guardian 03 Jun 2014 Hits:470 Women's Issues

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Anti-Choice ‘Onslaught’: GOP-Led State Legislatures Debate 300 Bills to Restrict Abortion …

Anti-Choice ‘Onslaught’: GOP-Led State Legislatures Debate 300 Bills to Restrict Abortion Access (video)

Words like “onslaught,” “unprecedented,” “extremist,” “dangerous,” “unconstitutional,” “medically unnecessary,” “unscientific,” and “draconian” have been used to describe the Republican Party’s nationwide push to limit women’s healthcare, stop women from choosing to have safe, legal abortions, and close abortion clinics through over-regulation. In the first six months of this year, states have passed 106 provisions related to reproductive health, including 43 that specifically restrict abortion access. In recent weeks, high-profile, anti-choice legislation in Texas, Ohio, North Carolina,  Wisconsin, and North Dakota has made the news.  Thanks to a one-woman filibuster by Texas State Senator...

Pamela Powers Hannley | Tucson Progressive 09 Jul 2013 Hits:644 Women's Issues

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What We Choose to Honor Matters

What We Choose to Honor Matters

In early 2012, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, war was declared on American women by men like Ken Cuccinelli, EW Jackson, Mark Obenshain, Bob McDonnell, Rob Bell and members of Virginia’s General Assembly.  How and when we follow in the footsteps of those to whom Memorial Day is dedicated and, like them, defend the Constitution of the United States, matters. This is not a war for the violence of guns and pepper spray, but rather of visits, calls, and letters that educate Congress:  until all of us are equal in the...

Marcello Rollando | The Reasonable Voice 28 May 2013 Hits:508 Women's Issues

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Congressmembers Work To Prevent Anti-Choice ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ From Misleading Wom…

Congressmembers Work To Prevent Anti-Choice ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ From Misleading Women

At the end of last week, three Democratic legislators renewed their efforts to protect women from right-wing crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), anti-abortion front groups that often use misleading advertising to market themselves as women’s health clinics. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have reintroduced the “Stop Deceptive Advertising For Women’s Services Act,” which would hold those facilities accountable for any deceptive marketing tactics that falsely advertise abortion services they don’t actually provide. The measure encourages the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down...

Tara Culp-Ressler | ThinkProgress 20 May 2013 Hits:493 Women's Issues

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Warren Buffett is bullish ... on women

Warren Buffett is bullish ... on women

Warren Buffett and Katherine Graham In the flood of words written recently about women and work, one related and hugely significant point seems to me to have been neglected. It has to do with America's future, about which -- here's a familiar opinion from me -- I'm an unqualified optimist. Now entertain another opinion of mine: Women are a major reason we will do so well. Start with the fact that our country's progress since 1776 has been mind-blowing, like nothing the world has ever seen. Our secret sauce has been a...

Warren Buffett | Fortune Magazine 06 May 2013 Hits:660 Women's Issues

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GOP Senator: I Voted Against Equal Pay For Women Because We Have Enough Laws

GOP Senator: I Voted Against Equal Pay For Women Because We Have Enough Laws

Women in full-time year-round jobs earned 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Yet, at a town hall earlier this week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) claimed that Congress has done enough to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. Indeed, she justified her vote against legislation intended to prevent employers from dodging federal equal pay law with an excuse similar to the National Rifle Association’s explanation for why we do not need any more gun laws — we just need to enforce the ones we have: QUESTION:...

Ian Millhiser, Josh Israel and Sy Mukherjee | ThinkProgress 02 May 2013 Hits:496 Women's Issues

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In An Ominous Sign For Women Workers, Full Federal Appeals Court Agrees To Hear Birth Cont…

In An Ominous Sign For Women Workers, Full Federal Appeals Court Agrees To Hear Birth Control Case

Last December, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied a request from crafting retail chain Hobby Lobby, which sought to temporarily block Obama Administration rules requiring most employer-provided health plans to cover birth control. Hobby Lobby claimed that the religious liberties protected by the Constitution and federal law extend not only to a religious person’s own conduct, but they also effectively enable an employer to restrict someone else’s access to birth control by denying them benefits guaranteed by the law. The panel’s decision...

Ian Millhiser | ThinkProgress 02 Apr 2013 Hits:826 Women's Issues

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Women's Work: Gender and the Global Food System

Women's Work: Gender and the Global Food System

Women produce 60 to 80 percent of all food, both as subsistence farmers and as agricultural wage laborers. They are the primary providers for the majority of the world’s 925 million hungry people, obtaining food, collecting firewood and water, and cooking. And yet they have less access to land and the resources necessary to grow on it than their male counterparts. Inequitable distribution of land, labor, and resources leaves farming women triply burdened by work: in the fields, in the home, and in society. To see other stories from Harvesting Justice...

Tory Field and Beverly Bell | Other Worlds 07 Mar 2013 Hits:1148 Women's Issues

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Your Guide to the Very Important Paycheck Fairness Act

Your Guide to the Very Important Paycheck Fairness Act

It's currently legal to fire a woman if she discusses her salary with a superior or colleague. That's just one of many reasons why we need the Paycheck Fairness Act to End Wage Discrimination, which was reintroduced by Senator Mikulski & Representative DeLauro earlier this week. The bill, which would ensure women are paid the same amount as their male peers, has already been rejected twice by the United States Congress by Republican senators who say we don't need another law that helps ladies earn their share. But the PFA...

Katie J.M. Baker | Jezebel.com 31 Jan 2013 Hits:823 Women's Issues

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San Francisco Celebrates Women, Roe 40th Anniversary

San Francisco Celebrates Women, Roe 40th Anniversary

The San Francisco Bay Area turned out on Sat. Jan. 26 to Celebrate Women Life and Liberty at the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade - See photos online: Celebration of Women, Life & Liberty, SF, 1-26-13 Celebration of Women, Life and Liberty, San Francisco Jan. 26, 2013 Onstage, scores of organizations joined Sandra Fluke, Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign Co-Founders Sophia Yen and Ellen Shaffer and elected officials* who introduced prominent constituents with moving accounts about their support for reproductive health, rights and justice. Eve Ensler's One Billion Rising movement performed a rousing...

EQUAL Health Network 31 Jan 2013 Hits:914 Women's Issues

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One Billion Rising: 'It's Like a Feminist Tsunami'

One Billion Rising: 'It's Like a Feminist Tsunami'

AlterNet is celebrating One Billion Rising on February 14th at its West Coast office! Join us for refreshments and fun starting at 6PM. For more information, visit our event page. You can also s ign up to start your own event for One Billion Rising, or find out where you can attend. Since Eve Ensler launched the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women she has been repeatedly asked: is it a dance movement or overtly political? A protest or a giant global celebration? Just a...

Jane Martinson | The Guardian UK 30 Jan 2013 Hits:1191 Women's Issues

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Feminists for the Win

Feminists for the Win

Something strange is happening to feminists. We’re winning. The election gave us the re-election of a feminist-friendly president, a record number of women in Congress, the first openly gay US senator and wins for marriage equality in four states. There’s energy and interest on feminist issues the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades. This shift comes to us courtesy of the perfect storm of sexist Republican missteps, a vibrant online feminist movement and a nation of women unwilling to move backward. But with...

Jessica Valenti | The Nation 04 Dec 2012 Hits:1122 Women's Issues

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Michigan Rep. Barb Byrum on "Fetal Tax Credit:" "This Is Absurd"

Michigan Rep. Barb Byrum on

After the voters of Michigan went to the polls to re-elect President Barack Obama and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan's GOP could have taken the act as a sign that they should move away from their war on women. Instead, they've doubled-down, as the new "fetal tax credit shows." The response from Democrats? Disbelief. When she first heard about the new proposal to offer a $160 tax credit to any woman who was at least 12 weeks pregnant at the end of the year, Democratic Representative Barb...

Robin Marty, Senior Political Reporter, RH Reality Check 26 Nov 2012 Hits:1450 Women's Issues

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Michigan Republicans Push for Tax Breaks for Fetuses

Michigan Republicans Push for Tax Breaks for Fetuses

One of the jokes I have often made about so-called personhood amendments is that if you give a fertilized egg full rights as a person, you should get to claim them on your taxes, too. Suddenly, that joke is a lot less funny. Michigan Republicans are now pushing a bill that would grant a tax credit to any fetus proven to be at least 12 weeks along by December 31st. Calling it an "advance" on the actual tax break the family would receive the next calendar year,...

Robin Marty, Senior Political Reporter, RH Reality Check 26 Nov 2012 Hits:1377 Women's Issues

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Will Senate Republican Women Support the Paycheck Fairness Act?

Will Senate Republican Women Support the Paycheck Fairness Act?

A record 98 women will serve in the 113th Congress—20 women in the Senate, and 78 in the House. And in this new Congress, the gender chasm between both major parties is even more stark: Of the 20 women set to serve in the U.S. Senate come 2013, 16 are Democrats; of the 78 women in the House, 58 are Democrats. But Democratic women have indicated a desire to collaborate with their female colleagues across the aisle: Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill recently indicated this, as did...

Sheila Bapat, RH Reality Check 26 Nov 2012 Hits:1256 Women's Issues

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Building on Helen Milliken's Legacy

Building on Helen Milliken's Legacy

Former Michigan First Lady, Helen Wallbank Milliken quietly passed away in her Traverse City home this week, leaving behind a passionate legacy for women's rights that I sometimes fear will fall on the deaf ears of subsequent generations, including my own. After graduating from Smith College in 1945, she married her beau, and eventually served alongside him as first lady for a record-setting 14 years. She spent much of that time in very vocal support of women's issues. Perhaps most notably, Helen Milliken fought tirelessly toward the...

Lisa Diggs | Huffington Post 17 Nov 2012 Hits:1037 Women's Issues

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Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The Women's Treaty: CEDAW

The Women's Treaty: CEDAW

On December 18, 1979, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The call for a Women's Treaty emerged from the First World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975. Until the UN General Assembly adopted the CEDAW, there was no treaty that addressed comprehensively women's rights within political, cultural, economic, social, and family life. CEDAW is the most comprehensive and detailed international agreement which seeks the advancement of women. It establishes rights for women in areas not previously subject to international...

Feminist Majority Foundation 02 Apr 2013 Hits:979 CEDAW

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History of the ERA

Women are casualties of the NC General Assembly

Women are casualties of the NC General Assembly

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Sounds reasonable. Who could disagree? This year the North Carolina General Assembly did not consider legislation to install this guarantee, known as the Equal Rights Amendment, into the U.S. Constitution. That will happen at a later date. However, the 2013 legislature made plenty of decisions on issues affecting women — all adversely. Some object to the term “war on women,” but most of the casualties of these legislative...

Roberta Madden | Asheville Citizen's Times 06 Oct 2013 Hits:631 History

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Sometimes Change Begins With One Person – Like This Woman Who Changed The World (VIDEO)

Sometimes Change Begins With One Person – Like This Woman Who Changed The World (VIDEO)

“One person incredibly committed to one issue, who won’t stop until change occurs.” In 2012, three young women created a documentary about Alice Paul for a school project. Joyce Wang, Olivia Hu and Ingrid Ma decided to focus on women’s suffrage and the result is a fantastic ten-minute video chronicling Alice Paul’s fight for equality. It’s a wonderful way to learn about the struggles and triumphs women have endured for the right to vote; a right that should have belonged to women from the beginning. Joyce Wang told Liberals Unite: “Throughout high school, we...

Kimberly Johnson | Liberals Unite 28 May 2013 Hits:711 History

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Women Matter Use Your Power Rally

Almost one hundred years after women won the right to vote, the 2012 election will go down in history as a groundbreaking, glass-ceiling-smashing milestone for women. Female voters made a big impact, especially in swing states like Virginia. Women threw their support behind candidates who support women. WOMEN MATTER. And we are powerful. On April 27, 2013, supporters of Women's Rights rallied to engage, educate and encourage everyone to be active advocates for women's rights and issues including ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia, equal pay, voter...

J.C. Wilmore | The Richmonder 28 Apr 2013 Hits:769 History

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Chronology of the Equal Rights Amendment, 1923-1996

Chronology of the Equal Rights Amendment, 1923-1996

The Early Years 1923 Three years after women won the right to vote, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is introduced in Congress by Senator Curtis and Representative Anthony, both Republicans. It is authored by Alice Paul, head of the National Women's Party, who led the suffrage campaign. Anthony is the nephew of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. 1923-1970 Through the efforts of Alice Paul, the Amendment is introduced into each session of Congress. Buried in committee in both Houses of Congress, the ERA awaits a hearing on the floor....

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ERA Educate Congress Events

Using the map on the left, click on your state to display a complete list of Senators and Representatives. If your Senators and Representatives are signed on to the ERA 3 State bills, the bill number will appear beside their name (we update this information as soon as we hear through social media or our phone calls that a Representative or Senator has signed onto the legislation - this is the most up to date list in the country). If there is no bill number next to the name, we need to contact these members and ask them to cosponsor the legislation. You can send them a Tweet by clicking on their Twitter handle or you can click on their name and go to their Website to send them an email.

Some legislators require more coaxing than others and you may just need to get a friend and pay a visit to their local office. If you use our Educate Congress tool, we will see that you are visiting their local office and we will pay a visit in Washington, DC.

ERA supporters will deliver letters asking their Senators and Representatives to support Removal of the Ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment. The bills were introduced in the 113th Congress on May 9th (SJ Res 15 and HJ Res 43). 

If you create a new event, please enter your state followed by your Representative or Senator's name. We have entered July 17th as the sample delivery date; feel free to change the date and time.Bring a friend with you and plan to educate a young staffer on the true state of equality for women in the United States. You will need the Name and District of your Representative; use this link to Find your Legislator.

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PDA is organized around several core issues. These issues include:

Each team hosts a monthly conference call. Calls feature legislators, staffers and other policy experts. On these calls we determine PDA legislation to support as well as actions and future events.

ERA Call Recordings

  • 10-13-2014 Equal Rights Amendment

    Listen to this month's call as the team provides an update on the September Day of Action on Capitol Hill, and the legislation to remove the ratification deadline that is moving in both the House and Senate. We also had extensive reports from...

  • 09-08-2014 Equal Rights Amendment

    Listen to this month's call as the team covers the PDA letter drop which includes the ERA, our Credo Mobile nationwide petition for the ERA, plans for the Day of Action in Washington, DC, and the Virtual Day of Action. Also, legislative updates...

  • 08-11-2014 ERA 3 State

    Endorsement of Gabriel Rothblatt - FL08 Nevada plans to introduce the ERA in 2015 and are supporting candidates that support the ERA. Illinois team members reported on the Illinois fundraiser and plans for other ERA events around the state. Mary...

  • 07-21-2014 Equal Rights Amendment

    Listen in as we discuss targets for June on HJ Res 113 (now with 143 cosponsors!), have an endorsement vote on following candidates for US House: Tate MacQueen (NC-10), April Freeman (FL-19) and Elliott Faucz (VA-04); discuss endorsement of...

  • 06-09-2014 Equal Rights Amendment

    Listen to this month's call which includes Tate MacQueen, running for Congress in NC-10; an update on the dramatic movement of the ERA in Illinois, an update on federal legislation, what the next moves are in other states, how to get involved...

  • 05-12-2014 Equal Rights Amendment

    Listen in this month as the team discusses House targets for HJ Res 113 (Rep. Jackie Speier), plus the strategy for accomplishing this important work. Large scale initiatives are already moving Illinois and Nevada into position to possibly be...

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